The latest shower tray designs are big, bold and barely there

BathroomsFeatures Fri 20th Nov 2020 by Emma Hedges

The latest shower tray designs are big, bold and barely there

The latest shower tray designs are big, bold and barely there

Feature by Emma Hedges | Fri 20th Nov 2020

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

The shower tray is no longer just a functional piece of kit – technology has evolved to create seamless designs that are now an high on style and an integral part of a successful bathroom scheme. “Consumers are looking for differentiation as they invest in their homes, and are increasingly choosing bigger trays and in different colour options,” says John Schofield, sales and marketing director at JT. “Our new Naturals range taps into the desire for utilising colour within the bathroom. The stone style finish on the tray has been a popular trend in Europe for some time and we have witnessed this demand through our Softstone by JT range.”

The JT Naturals range has a textured surface and is inspired by Yorkshire landscapes – shown here is the black shower tray with rectangular silver waste

Matki has also responded to this trend by launching its Slate Effect range this year, which features trays made from cast stone resin with a hardwearing gel coating that can also be made to any colour specification. “Matki’s Slate Effect shower floors and trays can provide a real design statement both from the choice of colours available and the wonderfully tactile look and finish,” says Matki MD Nicholas Cunild.

Matki’s Slate Effect shower trays are hand-built and hand-finished in Cornwall, precise attention to the surface finish

Another dark star is Duravit’s Stonetto anti-slip shower surface, which fits flush to the floor. “Coloured trays are very much on trend,” says Duravit MD Martin Carroll, noting that larger, walk-in wetroom-style products are also high on the consumer wish list. “These are particularly popular in the mid-to-high end of the market.”

The matt surface of Duravit’s Stonetto shower tray offers the appearance of authentic stone – shown here in Anthracite, it also comes in White, Sand and Concrete

David Osborne, MD of Roman, agrees. “Roman is constantly adding sizes and colour options to tray ranges as solid surface strengthens its hold on the premium sector, which is very much focussed on the larger sizes for more opulent designs,” he says. Manufactured from Roman Stone, the brand’s Infinity tray is available in a variety of sizes and provides the level access of a wetroom to help create that ultra-minimalist look.

The Roman Infinity tray, shown here in matt white, can be installed straight to joists so that once the floor tiles are laid it creates level entry access into the shower area

Roman is also focussing on anti-slip properties, and its Roman Stone options are tested to DIN Class C to ensure ultimate user safety. “We would always recommend showrooms encourage consumers to stand on the tray to experience and feel the natural grip,” says Osborne.

Roman’s anti-slip tray in a matt grey finish is one of its most popular designs

With anti-slip surfaces proving a key consideration for consumers planning a family bathroom, Roca has also focussed on this area with its recently launched Cratos range. Manufactured from the brand’s Senceramic material the extra-slim trays are said to feature the highest anti-slip levels to ensure maximum safety.

Roca’s Cratos shower trays feature an ultra-slim 35mm design that allows them to be installed at floor level for perfect integration

Duravit’s Tempano showers trays are said to be highly durable and feature integrated anti-slip coatings

So what trends are up next?

“Our BetteFloor flush-to-floor shower area is our fastest growing model,” reveals Sven Rensinghoff, head of marketing for Bette. “The future will see more customers choosing colours to match flooring and also opting for anti-slip, now that almost invisible options are available. Other developments that increase durability and ease of cleaning, such as integral upturns of the shower tray, are also likely to grow in popularity,” he says.

The BetteFloor shower tray is available in sizes up to 1800 x 1000mm to reflect the trend towards larger shower areas

Tags: features, bathrooms, shower trays, jt, duravit

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